HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Fire officials said Monday that a small dog was killed and a man was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation and minor burns following a house fire in Hanover County.
According to a tweet from Hanover Fire-EMS, crews responded the 17200 block of Taylors Creek Road after being alerted by a passerby who saw the home’s front porch on fire.
8News spoke with 86-year-old Harold Lewis, the homeowner who wasn’t home at the time the fire broke out but said he son was inside asleep. Thankfully, someone passing by saw the fire and knocked on the door to alert him.
“I got a call from my son that my house was on fire,” Lewis said. “He woke up due to a neighbor. Neighbor came by and told him the house was on fire.”
Lewis added that his son briefly searched but was unable to locate their Chihuahua. His son was taken to VCU Medical Center where he is being treated for burns on his feet and smoke inhalation.
“The little dog didn’t make it,”
Lewis was also told the fire started from the ceiling fan on their front porch, though the fire marshal is still working to officially determine a cause.
“I just couldn’t believe it because we have a wood stove and everything was new on it and I was afraid that may be it, but it was not it at all,” he told 8News. “It was something that couldn’t be helped by anybody. The fireman told me it came from the ceiling fan on the screened porch and it’s very unusual, but I guess anything can happen.”
Lewis explained to 8News that it might be time for him to rebuild.
“I have almost eight acres of land right here and I assume we’ll just tear this down,” he said, referring to the house. “Thank goodness it didn’t get to the garage of any of the other buildings. So, we’ll probably just demolish this and start all over.”
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.